Road Home (Click here to see another view of the house)
In June 1908, Terry was attending a Teachers’
Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina. He stayed a few days after
the assembly to see some sights. On June 21st, while walking in a
cemetery, he met Gertrude Colereider, a teacher who had also attended
the assembly. He and Gertrude began courting.
On November 29, 1909, Terry wrote the following poem
autumn days have come once more
With painted leaves the woodlands o’er,
Where golden tints lend us a view
Of nature’s work so grand and true.
No higher type is from above
Of beauty, grandeur, power and love.”
About the same time as he wrote the poem above, Terry wrote
another poem titled, “Autumn.”
Season hath its pleasures
Filled with varied fruits of time,
Yet the harvest’s golden treasures
Reaped in autumn, ever shine.
leaves have done their duty,
And the flowers fade and die,
Still all nature gleams with beauty
As we pass her treasures by.
In the time
of peace and plenty,
When all cares have ceased and fled,
Think we then of blessings many,
Which upon us have been shed.
We learn how
lightly, quickly pass
This world and all that’s in it.
Only one in so great mass,
There is not time to lose one minute.
year thus begins and closes,
Days though shortening, still can shine,
Though at times there are no roses
Love is present all the time.”
At some point in time, someone else
used calligraphy to write his poem and decorated the borders of the
paper with fall leaves. The artist was probably Gertrude.
Some time prior to March 14, 1910, Gertrude sent Terry
a copy of “A Woman’s Question" by Elizabeth Barrett
Browning that she had copied onto stationary from Hays-Lon Farm, her
Terry responded to Gertrude with his own two pages of original poetry:
Man’s Reply March
14, 1910 Terry D. Sharpe
Of all the things sent from
The costliest and most priceless treasure
Is a woman’s heart, her life and love
A gift not compared nor contained by measure.
I know that I’ve asked
for the dearest life,
The loveliest image in all creation,
Who will be some day a typical wife,
To comfort, to cherish, and dispel vexation.
I offer not wealth, nor dash
I in haste,
But such as I have, I offer thee,
A life that's pure and without disgrace,
And by thy help I can better be.
our days of acquaintance are few,
This is not obstacle, I must admit,
For daily we work with the same end in view,
Learning each other better as occasions permit.
My love to thee is exceeding
My heart is filled as an ocean wide
With devoted affection that never shall break,
I ask thee to launch on the swelling tide.
I know that for me there is
plenty of time,
And various excuses you may employ,
But when you say that you are mine,
You make a heaven of bliss and joy.
Now will you not give your
Yourself, and your all confide,
There some glad day the angels above
Will deck and adore you- my bride.
On the second anniversary of his meeting Gertrude,
he wrote the following four page poem:
‘Twas a bright and charming afternoon,
When the heart was young, and blithe, and gay.
As it often occurs in the month of June,
All nature combined for a glorious day.
anniversary now has come
Of that happy meeting in the city of Charlotte.
A time which recalls, not pleasures some,
But many and varied, which have come to my lot.
To the Teachers
Assembly all credit is due,
For such acquaintance and such a coincidence.
But the Central Hotel had quite a share too,
By harboring us all with so much confidence.
For a few days
after the Assembly had closed,
Some lingered around to view the sights,
And take in the city, or do as disposed,
For a very short time, both days and nights.
walking around, and before we dispersed,
In the cemetery, we chanced to be.
‘Twas there and then, on June the twenty-first,
That I met you, and you met me.
Long and anxiously
I had waited this chance,
And I now realized that my dreams were true.
For never before, from cottage to house,
Was ever one found, to compare with you.
I saw thee dressed in pink,
Thy manner and thy beauty pleased me.
The longer I looked, the more did I think
That my ideal was found in thee.
time, acquaintance has grown,
And happy have been the hours of adversity.
For in your presence all sorrows have flown,
And cheerful and hopeful we’ve toiled at Liberty.
I met thee kind and young,
There shone such truth about thee.
And in thy countenance such promise bring,
I did not dare to doubt thee.
thee I think, where’er I be, On thee I’ve still relied,
At times I’ve clung with hope the fonder,
And thought though true to all beside,
From me Gertrude, thou wouldst not wander.
Where’er I see those
So full of hope, and joy, and light,
It seems that no cloud could e’er rise,
To dim a life so pure and bright.
When first thy smile, like
sunshine, blest my sight,
Oh what a vision there came o’er me.
Long years of love, of calm and pure delight,
Seemed in that smile to pass before me.
Ne’er did the poet dream
of summer skies,
Of Golden fruit, and harvests springing,
With fonder hope than I, of those sweet eyes,
And of the joy their light was bringing.
The days are brighter with
The comet appeared in all its splendor,
By my conduct, please don’t think me rude,
For I always desire, to true devotion render.
for all things, it does take time,
And on this course you seem to insist.
You are right, my dear, I’ve found each time
I like to be with you, and you say that I am missed.
Thy life to me is an inspiration
Filled with all that's purest and best.
You doubt me no longer with procrastination
For reason has conquered with earnest bebest.
Now as this date shall pass
And as other Junes shall pass us by,
I know that in thee, a friend I have found,
On whom I always can rely.
All honor and joy to thee
Included both now and throughout the year,
And while others come and go their way,
I am hoping soon, Gertrude, that you’ll be ever near.
Terry D. Sharpe June 12, 1910
With all truth and sincerity,
this poem is dedicated to the one he loves.
On November 30, 1910,Terry wrote to Gertrude’s
father, Henry Clay Colerider asking for Gertrude’s hand in marriage.
A transcript of this five page letter is shown below:
Nov. 30, 1910
Mr. H.C. Colerider
My dear Sir: For some time,
I have been thinking that I should either write you, or speak to you
in person in regard to our plans for Dec 14th. As I have not as yet,
I am taking advantage of this opportunity in doing so. In our marriage,
I believe that I shall obtain the most priceless treasure which you
possess. All my relations with Gertrude have been agreeable and pleasant.
To me she has always been an ideal lady. She is a jewel,
and I see no reason why we cannot be agreeable, congenial, and happy
companions. While it is not my privilege to offer her riches and plenty,
I am sure that she understands my position in aspiring to a moral,
upright character, and offering her a life of love, devotion, and
service. When I look back over my past career, I find, that a great
part of my life has been spent in preparation. So I hope that I shall
soon have the opportunity to use this to advantage.
Please allow me to express
many sincere thanks to you, as well as to your entire family, for
your many kindnesses toward me. As the tie which binds us becomes
closer and closer, it is more and more my ambition to do my utmost
in making life cheerful and happy for your daughter, the pride and
joy of your home. Assuring you that it will be a grand privilege to
become a member of your household on Dec 14th, I hope to receive your
sanction and approval in regard to our marriage, and in fact in regard
to all that we shall do. Your esteemed friend, Terry D. Sharpe
Below: Henry Colerider responded, a transcript is also below.
Md. Ave. N. E.
Mr. T. D. Sharpe
Greensboro N. C
My Dear Sir, Your letter
of 30” ult.? rec’d this day and contents carefully noted.
Your very high declarations, and esteem for my Daughter-Gertrude is,
I assure you highly appreciated, and of a worth it is as you state,
she is the pride of our household. When I say this it does not detract
one whit from the other members of our household. I want to further
state Mr. Sharpe that I trust and pray that you will always
regard her as you so frankly set forth --in the purport of
your letter to the ? -and Gertrude's Father.-- She is a true
and beloved child one that is above reproach and suspicion. I give
my consent altho it is hard for me to part with her from our household,
and in doing so, I believe you will do your part in caring
for her. I just offer this one word of advice be patient and forbear,
as she is like us all, human, and not perfection as God does not create--perfection
in his children on this earth.
So wishing you abundant success
in your aspirations I am with-much interest your true friend.
Henry C. Colerider
December of 1910, Terry and Gertrude were married. To see the wedding book and learn the details concerning the wedding click here.
months after the wedding took place in Washington, D.C. (10, October
1911), Gertrude gave birth to the first of their four daughters, Gladys
Lucile. Alma Elizabeth was born 30 December 1913, Evelyn Terry on
13 February 1916, and Helen Marie on 13 March 1922).
Terry and Gertrude. Below Right: Terry with Gladys Lucile.
Below Left: Gertrude and Terry with Gladys Lucile and Baby Alma Elizabeth. Below Right: Terry holds Gladys Lucile and Alma Elizabeth in his lap.
Below Terry pulls Eveyn Terry, Alma Elizabeth, and Gladys Lucie in a sled.
Below: Terry with Gladys Lucile, Evelyn Terry, and Alma Elizabeth.
Before Terry's fourth child, Helen was born, World War I began. Three draft registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918. The first took place on June 5, 1917 for men between 21 and 31. The second was held on June 5, 1918 for men who had turned 21 after the first registration. The third was held on September 12, 1918 for men between the ages of 18 and 45. Terry would turn 37 one month after this third draft. Below is his registration card.
Below: Terry's draft registration card shows that he lives at 687 Percy Street, in Greensboro, Guilflord County, NC. His age is 36 and his birthdate is October 20, 1881; he is white, a native born U.S. Citizen; he is the Office Manager (F Mags Real) Dept. with Sou Real Estate Company at 112 East Market Street, Greensboro, Guilford, N.C. His Nearest Relative is Gertrude C. Sharpe (Wife) who lives at 687 Percy Street. The card is signed by T. D. Sharpe. The second part of his card states he is of medium height and build with Gray eyes. He has no physical afflictions. The signature is J. H. McAdoo, The date of the card is SEP 12, 1918.
Terry was never called to service in the war.
Below: Terry enjoyed an outing in the lily fields with his daughters
and father, Julius (#13). From left to right, the children are Baby Helen, Alma,
Lucile, and Evelyn.
Below: The Sharpe’s West Market Street Home in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After the death of his parents, Terry inherited the
Sharpe Family home on Sharpe Road where he had been born. Rooms were added to the original home. About 1938, Terry
moved his family from their West Market Street home to the Sharpe
Farm. He continued working in town but enjoyed raising a horse, cow,
chickens and pigs. Also, he raised sugarcane and strawberries. Terry
dammed a spring and dug a pond, and he build a log cabin on the property.
An African American family lived in the cabin and worked on the farm.
Below: The Sharpe Road Home....[ Note: the entrance to the home had
been changed from the original home shown eariler.]
Below: Terry’s straight and electric razors and tie clip.
Below: Gertrude and Terry at the Beach.
Below: Terry and Gertrude later in life on their front porch at Sharpe Road.
Below: Terry and Gertrude with the Frank A. Stiths (friends) at a picnic.
Below: Terry and Gertrude enjoyed the fireplace of their Sharpe
Below: Terry rowed the boat with his oldest grandchildren, Mary Lu and Sandra Long.
Below Left: Terry played with Susan Leach, another granddaughter. circa 1948. Below Right: Terry and Gertrude sat with their youngest grandchildren at the
time, Lynn and Reed Bumgarner. Note: Ann Leach, their youngest grandchild
was not born during their lifetime.
Terry suffered three heart attacks and had to cut
back on his work in the city. On September 19, 1957, he suffered another
heart attack and died at home. His death certificate lists the cause of death as ventricular fibrillation (a severely abnormal heart rhythm) due to myocardial infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle.... a heart attack. It lists him as having arteroscleroti heart disease for six years. Arteroscleroti heart disease is characterized by thickened and roughened walls of the heart artery and other arteries of the body. The channel inside the artery is narrowed and blood flow to maintain the heart in a satisfactory and well-nourished state is insufficient.
Terry died in the same room in which
he was born. The doctor who was at his home at the time of his death was his son-in-law, Dr. John Bumgarner.
Helen, Terry's youngest daughter, remembered
her father as reading a lot and being a very smart, quiet, and shy
Above and Below: Terry's tombstones at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina. (GPS: 36°
7.514 minutes N, 79° 50.651 minutes W.)These photographs were taken on October 2, 2006.
Lifetime Events Summary for Terry Donnell Sharpe:
20 October 1881
Spanish American War
14 December 1910
30 - 41
Age at Mother's Death
7 April 1912
World War I
1914 - 1918
33 - 37
|Helen Marie Sharpe's birth |
13 March 1922
Age at Father's Death
The Great Depression
48 - 58
World War II
58 - 64
1950 - 1953
69 - 72
19 September 1957
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